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I kind of dig the look and the mounting legs, but price is a kinda high.

The 30" model uses a 31 watt bulb instead of a 24w bulb.

From the site:
"Competing 30" T5 HO fixtures typically use the shorter and lower wattage 24", 24 watt bulbs."
 

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that's cool! a 30" t5ho fixture with bulbs that go all the way across. i've been waiting for this one. i wonder how long it'll take for the freshwater bulbs to appear? will a ballast that will drive either a 24" or 36" bulb drive these bulbs too?

 

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Forgive the newbie question, but can the saltwater version be used for fresh if two 10000K bulbs are used? I was about to buy a 2x24 for my 36 bow, but a 2x31 might be better.
 

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e-mailed the seller on replacement bulbs, which is a gimme since we need to change out the actintic to make use of this for fw. here is their response:

"Hello Darrin,



We do not currently sell the replacement 31W bulbs for the 30” Coralife HO T5 Fixture. We plan to sell these bulbs as soon as Coralife makes them available, but according to Coralife it will likely be about a month before the bulbs are available. Regards,





Carson,

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1536 W. Todd

Suite A102

Tempe, AZ 85283

Toll Free: 877.878.9349"

so no replacements for a month, probably longer and proprietary to boot. nothing says insanely high pricing than a proprietary part. best to wait till the pricing comes out before diving in. i would be very interested though as most of my tanks are 30" (20L and 30 breeders).
 

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are their 30" T5NO bulbs more expensive than normal sizes?
dont really think so, but i am pretty sure they are not the only fixture mfg that uses t5no 30" bulbs. whereas, they seem to be the first manufacturer to come out with 30" t5ho fixtures, so no economy of scale for the bulb supplier for now at least.
 

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dont really think so, but i am pretty sure they are not the only fixture mfg that uses t5no 30" bulbs. whereas, they seem to be the first manufacturer to come out with 30" t5ho fixtures, so no economy of scale for the bulb supplier for now at least.
that's true. i forgot that i have current and coralife bulbs in my T5NO fixture.
 

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Does anyone actually have one yet?

I'm curious about the reflectors and bulb spacing...
Here you go. Reflector appears to be a solid, single piece.

Btw, I assume it is safe to use actinic light with freshwater plants until 6700K replacement bulbs become available?

And, label on packaging says to use only with covered aquariums... Is that a must?? Probaly no, but...





 

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e-mailed the seller on replacement bulbs, which is a gimme since we need to change out the actintic to make use of this for fw. here is their response:

"Hello Darrin,



We do not currently sell the replacement 31W bulbs for the 30” Coralife HO T5 Fixture. We plan to sell these bulbs as soon as Coralife makes them available, but according to Coralife it will likely be about a month before the bulbs are available. Regards,





Carson,

[email protected]

1536 W. Todd

Suite A102

Tempe, AZ 85283

Toll Free: 877.878.9349"

so no replacements for a month, probably longer and proprietary to boot. nothing says insanely high pricing than a proprietary part. best to wait till the pricing comes out before diving in. i would be very interested though as most of my tanks are 30" (20L and 30 breeders).
id check your petco/petsmart for the bulbs......(i work for petco) and weve had them in for a while, but no one has bought any but me...
 

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are they the t5ho? the 30" NO bulbs are common. its the HO ones that are not so easy to come by. our local petco doesnt carry anything better than wallymart stuff.
 

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My LFS just got these T5HO fixtures in last week. I didn't get a chance to look at one up close but I know the store's assistant manager was going to put one on his saltwater tank at home.
 

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Responce from Oceanic about coralife HO T5 replacement bulbs:

"All the new Coralife HO T5 bulbs are in stock and shipping. You should start seeing them at retailers in the next week or two."
 
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